For more than four decades, Fenwick & West LLP has helped some of the world’s most recognized companies become, and remain, market leaders. From emerging enterprises to large public corporations, our clients are leaders in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors and are fundamentally changing the world through rapid innovation.  MORE >

Fenwick & West was founded in 1972 in the heart of Silicon Valley—before “Silicon Valley” existed—by four visionary lawyers who left a top-tier New York law firm to pursue their shared belief that technology would revolutionize the business world and to pioneer the legal work for those technological innovations. In order to be most effective, they decided they needed to move to a location close to primary research and technology development. These four attorneys opened their first office in downtown Palo Alto, and Fenwick became one of the first technology law firms in the world.  MORE >

From our founding in 1972, Fenwick has been committed to promoting diversity and inclusion both within our firm and throughout the legal profession. For almost four decades, the firm has actively promoted an open and inclusive work environment and committed significant resources towards improving our diversity efforts at every level.  MORE >

FLEX by Fenwick is the only service created by an AmLaw 100 firm that provides flexible and cost-effective solutions for interim in-house legal needs to high-growth companies.  MORE >

Fenwick & West handles significant cross-border legal and business issues for a wide range of technology and life sciences who operate internationally..  MORE >

At Fenwick, we are proud of our commitment to the community and to our culture of making a difference in the lives of individuals and organizations in the communities where we live and work. We recognize that providing legal services is not only an essential part of our professional responsibility, but also an excellent opportunity for our attorneys to gain valuable practical experience, learn new areas of the law and contribute to the community.  MORE >

Year after year, Fenwick & West is honored for excellence in the legal profession. Many of our attorneys are recognized as leaders in their respective fields, and our Corporate, Tax, Litigation and Intellectual Property Practice Groups consistently receive top national and international rankings, including:

  • Named Technology Group of the Year by Law360
  • Ranked #1 in the Americas for number of technology deals in 2015 by Mergermarket
  • Nearly 20 percent of Fenwick partners are ranked by Chambers
  • Consistently ranked among the top 10 law firms in the U.S. for diversity
  • Recognized as having top mentoring and pro bono programs by Euromoney


We take sustainability very seriously at Fenwick. Like many of our clients, we are adopting policies that reduce consumption and waste, and improve efficiency. By using technologies developed by a number of our cleantech clients, we are at the forefront of implementing sustainable policies and practices that minimize environmental impact. In fact, Fenwick has earned recognition in several areas as one of the top US law firms for implementing sustainable business practices.  MORE >

At Fenwick, we have a passion for excellence and innovation that mirrors our client base. Our firm is making revolutionary changes to the practice of law through substantial investments in proprietary technology tools and processes—allowing us to deliver best-in-class legal services more effectively.   MORE >

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Partner Michael Esquivel Profiled by The Recorder

January 21, 2014

Fenwick & West partner Michael Esquivel is profiled in an article in The Recorder where he discusses the entrepreneurial drive that led to his work as counsel to emerging and high growth companies, challenges he’s faced in his career and his proudest accomplishments.

“I've always had an entrepreneurial impulse,” Michael told The Recorder. “My family runs a small food production company down in L.A., and I've watched them grow the business since I was a kid. I wanted to work with entrepreneurs, I just knew it from a young age.

A partner in Fenwick’s start-ups and venture capital group, Michael provides strategic counseling to emerging and high-growth companies from formation and corporate governance responsibilities to equity incentives and employment issues to intellectual property and commercial transactions. (There’s a thread on Quora identifying Michael as one of the “best startup l​awyers in Silicon Valley.”)

“The whole legal industry is asking itself what are you going to be? Are you trying to be everything to everybody, or are you, like Fenwick & West, going to be focused and be a mile deep in understanding the unique issues that technology and emerging growth companies encounter,” he said.

A well known figure in the emerging field of digital health, Michael calls his work with digital health clients the result of “good timing and good fortune,” having met Rock Health cofounder and CEO Halle Tecco as “[he] was beginning to get excited about the potential to disrupt that $2.8 trillion a year sector.”

“I think it was just a natural opportunity to bridge that Facebook, GoPro consumer tech focus by taking those engagement ideas and bringing them to health and making people think that engagement with their health is cool,” he said. “There is so much synergy with what I was doing before. These companies are more like Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter than they are like pharma and med device companies because of that consumer engagement angle.”

Michael’s clients are among the most innovative companies and his digital health clients like HealthTap are among the best known players disrupting the healthcare industry and empowering healthcare providers and patients to have a more engaged and proactive role in health and wellness.

“We are shifting from a fee-for-system—where a healthcare provider gets paid for running tests, performing procedures, doing something to or with you—to a fee for outcome model," Michael told The Recorder. "Now it's how do we keep a patient healthy."

"We're going to see an enormous transformation over the next two, three, five, 10 years as a result of that move," he added. "The opportunities are just huge.”

Michael said that his favorite thing about working with emerging and high-growth companies is the entrepreneurs.

“Their passion gets me fired up."

To read the full profile, click here.​​